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2018/10/11 01:10:38 (permalink)

Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments?

I recently downloaded Cakewalk by Bandlab. I used to have Sonar 8.5 Producer, and I miss the VST instruments I used to have. There are some free VST synths available on the web. I thought there must be one that has a popular following of people who create new patches and share them. What VST plugin instruments have other Cakewalk users found that give a lot of variety of sound for not too much expense?

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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/11 01:50:44 (permalink)
First of all, I'd recommend re-installing Sonar 8.5 Producer. That way you'll get all your VST instruments back for use in Cakewalk by Bandlab.
 
As far as free ones, there's loads about.
 
I personally like these:
 
http://www.dskmusic.com/
 
Elektrostudio used to do a fantastic range of free analog emulations, but the website seems to have gone. You can get them at http://www.vst4free.com/index.php?dev=Elektrostudio - actually http://www.vst4free.com is a great resource for loads of free VSTs.
 
One of my favourite free VSTi's is Cobalt by Leslie Sanford. It's a bit like a Korg DW8000 / Kawai K3 crossover:
http://www.lesliesanford.com/vst/plugins/
 
GTG synths are also not bad:
http://www.gtgsynths.com/plugins.htm
 
You can get a free Yamaha XG synth here: http://veg.by/en/projects/syxg50/
 
Note that most of these are 32 bit. I've personally not had issues with this, but some of them might not play well with Cakewalk's BitBridge. Investing in JBridge is a good option.
 
 

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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/11 06:41:42 (permalink)
Dexed - very good Yamaha DX7 emulator. Not quite as hard to program as the DX7, but still very complicated - FM synthesis tends to be like that. Luckily it comes with a lot of DX7 patches.

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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/11 11:40:31 (permalink)
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Dexed - very good Yamaha DX7 emulator. Not quite as hard to program as the DX7, but still very complicated - FM synthesis tends to be like that. Luckily it comes with a lot of DX7 patches.

Was watching this the other day. FM has always put me off, but I'm starting to think again


 
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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/11 12:39:56 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Kamikaze 2018/10/11 13:42:58
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Dexed - very good Yamaha DX7 emulator. Not quite as hard to program as the DX7, but still very complicated - FM synthesis tends to be like that. Luckily it comes with a lot of DX7 patches.

Was watching this the other day. FM has always put me off, but I'm starting to think again



These two articles were the breakthrough for me in FM programming:
 
Great article on how to approach programming an FM patch by focusing on each element of the sound:
https://old-homepages.abdn.ac.uk/d.j.benson/dx7/manuals/prgrmdx7.pdf
 
This page explores how to use modulator frequency ratios to create square wave, sawtooth etc:
 
http://web.archive.org/we...tx81z/fm_overview.html
 
 

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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/12 01:20:51 (permalink)
I go to this site:
https://www.kvraudio.com/
Good source for everything DAW.
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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/12 02:51:08 (permalink)
+1 on the KVR site.
 
Plus check out Bedroomproducer dot com.
They have a running list of free plugins and instruments
 
bedroomproducersblog.com/free-vst-plugins/
 

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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/12 03:56:33 (permalink)
synth1 for starters.. 25k presets for it
 
also look on the deails / software forum..  I posted "surge" the other day , which is now free
 
Plugin boutique do freebies, £1 sales also.
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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/12 15:33:33 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Kamikaze 2018/10/13 04:01:25
OBXD is a pretty good Oberheim emulation, easy to use and 64-bit. Not a lot of presets available, but it's so easy to program you really don't need them.


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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/12 16:26:08 (permalink)
On the subject of FM synthesis and wandering a little off topic the iOS synth FM4 is a really easy to program FM synth. Four operators rather than the DX’s six but it’s laid out really well visually and can do the FM bell, chime and pad sounds very well.

It’s also very inexpensive, so long as you have an ipad of course.

In hardware the Volca FM and Yamaha Reface DX also seem to have good interfaces. Mind you it’s not hard to improve on the DX 7’s incredibly user-hostile minimalist single display and data slider plus a bunch of buttons approach.

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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/13 04:04:47 (permalink)
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OBXD is a pretty good Oberheim emulation, easy to use and 64-bit. Not a lot of presets available, but it's so easy to program you really don't need them.


This is cool, I didn't know about this. Lacking modulation matrix leaves it bit short for my use, but I've installed it. Meant to be CPU friendly and not having an FX section is a plus for me. 

 
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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/14 00:59:29 (permalink)
Not sure if you're looking for synth-ire stuff or more natural, but I can say I'm a HUGE fan of these three,
 
TAL-NoiseMaker which I use in almost every single project, extremely simple controls yet loads of possibilities
Retronix, haven't used it in a while but loads of variety here too especially in the presets,
Superwave P8 which I used to use constantly because it has I think 6 or 8 oscillators all of which can be set to 5 or 6 different waveforms so you can create these insanely dense, wide crispy pads and synth FX
 
I've had trouble finding SO many good ones that provide "natural" sounds, but if you're looking for VST's in general I'd also recommend looking at Saffron SE with is for sound fonts (hundreds of decent, useable and even good ones out there) and ShortCircuit2, arguably the best free sampler out there. Wins out against TXW16x in my opinion in ease of use vs. possibilities

 
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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/21 17:50:25 (permalink)
Free synths? I also like OB-Xd and Dexed mentioned above. But then there are PG-8X and Latte(unfortunately 32-bit only). Those ones have also real good sounds.
 
On the other hand if you do not like to invest too much time in creating your own patches (like me), then I recommend to buy Arturia's Analog Lab. It includes hundreds of patches of most of the great analog hardware synths of the past, I really like it!
 
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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/23 02:43:55 (permalink)
This is probably my favorite freebie.  It's a Chinese flute.  It sounds great.  I use it often.  I love it.
http://www.vst4free.com/free_vst.php?id=309
 
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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/11/08 00:55:26 (permalink)
I would say for the sheer number of free patches available, it is hard to beat Dexed (based on Yamaha DX-7) and Synth1 (based on Nord Lead).
 
Synth1 has about 15,000 free patches available, and Dexed can load any DX-7 patches.
 
The Amplesound P-Bass and Acoustic Guitar that Kamikaze mentioned are excellent, as well as the free Addictive Keys
Grand Piano (only 4 octaves, but works very well on a 49 key controller)!
 
The OB-Xd is a must have Oberheim emulation!  No on-board FX, but that's what FX chains in your DAW are for!
 
The free synths from U-he (designer of Zebra, Diva, and Hive), such as Zebralette and Tyrell N6 are also must haves!
 
There are also free versions of Native Instruments Kontakt and Reaktor, as well as free versions of IK Multimedia SampleTank 3 and Syntronik.  All of these each come with a limited factory library with no expiration, so check them out!
 
For free drums, I think that MT Power Drumkit 2 is a good go-to option. https://www.powerdrumkit.com/
 

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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/11/13 16:48:47 (permalink)
Yikes!  I posted a link to warez site!  I thought it was legal, honest.  I've deleted it.

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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/11/26 20:26:54 (permalink)
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Yikes!  I posted a link to warez site!  I thought it was legal, honest.  I've deleted it.


 Funny   That was a good one!!!

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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/11/26 23:00:02 (permalink)
One I've used several times is Crystal which is free and 64 bit.  It can be found here: http://www.greenoak.com/crystal/dnld2.html
 
It has a lot of tempo based f/x that really swing and can add movement to a song.

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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/11/27 04:56:06 (permalink)
Tyrell N6, new version 3, is a substractive synthesis virtual instrument which is very complete for a freeware.

It features 2 oscillators (sine/tri/saw/square for the first one, saw/square for the second) plus a sub (square), plus a noise generator (white or pink). To modulate the oscillators, there are a vibrato, a “pulse width” (which only affects the squares), a soft sync (which only works if the oscillators are detuned), a ring modulator with feedback. Oscillator 2 can be detuned. There’s a portamento, and that of oscillator 2 can be set offbeat for strange results.

There’s a ringing filter that can be BP or LP/HP (you can get gradually from LP to HP using a MixSpread pot, providing unusual effect sounds in the in-between positions). Slope can be set to 12, 24 or 36 dB-per-octave. Great possibilities of filter modulation.

Then there are 2 LFOs which parameters themselves can be modulated, 2 ADSR envelopes (which can also be modulated) and a matrix. The latter allows to apply a frequency modulation from oscillator 1 to either oscillator 2 or the filter, and to route two controllers to a same parameter (with one modulating the other).
Finally, there is a single effect – a chorus, which is well enough. To finish with this overview, let’s mention that Tyrell can work in mono, legato, duo, poly and unison 2-to-8 (detonable) voices modes.
As far as I know, there’s no manual for Tyrell N6. I regret it as I would have appreciated some precisions regarding some, say, “original” functionalities such as the Drift (an analog model emulation perhaps?) and Fallrise (on envelopes, that has the sound back up after decay).

This freeware is very stable.

All in all, we get a synth that’s quite powerful for a freeware. The ring modulator, feedback and FM on the second oscillator allow to get rather original sounds. But what makes this Tyrell interesting also are its modulation and control allocation capacities (by the way, all parameters can be MIDI-controlled using the MIDI learn feature). Hence, you can get beyond the “factory” 500 presets.

Tyrell N6 is one of the most complete freeware synths you can get on a Mac (but of course it also works on PC). Of course, if you already own Absynth, Massive, Predator, Gladiator or others, Tyrell may not bring you much. Still, even in such a case, there’s always use for a small, quick-to-program synth such as this of Elek7ro. Anyway, a penniless homestudist will always find such synths very useful as their quality makes them a really great deal.
By the way, Tyrell’s maker U-HE also offers numerous great products such as the Zebra synth or the great Uhbik plug-in series. As for Tyrell, it’s available here:
https://www.amazona.de/amazona-de-freeware-synthesizer-tyrell-n6-v3/

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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/11/27 15:33:36 (permalink)
+1 for Tyrell N6!!! 
 
https://u-he.com/products/tyrelln6/

TyrellN6: Classic racer with u-he engine
TyrellN6 is a compact, sporty synth. Based on concepts and ideas for a hardware synth: a few modules, novel features, analogue sound and low-cost. TyrellN6 is the software version manifestation of these ideas.
Available as a free download exclusively from the German online magazine Amazona. It is only available via Amazona.de , not from u-he.com or our resellers.

 
Free patches for u-he Tyrell N6:
https://u-he.com/PatchLib/tyrelln6.html
http://www.theunfinished.co.uk/free/

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